Smoke from Swadlincote plastic pallets fire fills sky

Swadlincote fire

When the intense heat of the fire met the cooler air above, it created swirling and turbulent air that produced this rare phenomenon which is also known as a fire whirl.

A video recorded by firefighters and posted to Twitter by Leicestershire's fire department captured the event, showing a slim streak of fire reaching into the sky amid a visible whirlwind storm that resembled a twister.

The fire began just after 1.40am yesterday and took the firefighters 12 hours to get under control.

The event occurs when cool air enters the top of an area of hot air.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, which helped tackle the blaze, shared the video on Facebook, saying: "Whilst we were firefighting at Occupational Lane we witnessed a firenado or a fire whirl".

Officers from the fire services had been tackling the fire since about 1.20am on Tuesday at Ravensbourn Plastics Ltd on Occupation Lane, in Albert Village, Swadlincote.

Plumes of smoke could be seen up to 26 miles away in Nottingham while nearby residents were told to keep their windows closed after 60ft-high flames cause thick black smoke to billow into the sky.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had spread to a building and forklift trucks on the site.

His son Russell Meredith, 36, who directs the operations, added: 'It is lucky it is this time of year as we are at half capacity.

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